Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I love my laptop, but maybe i should get a netbook..
Laptops vs Netbooks
Why go for a netbook over a laptop or vice versa?
We all know how awesome a new laptop can be, but what about that netbook for a few hundred dollars less! Its small, lightweight, portable, and can still run all my basic programs, e.i. iTunes, Firefox, Aim, Skype etc. The netbook is great, built with ultra portable technology such as the Intel iU or Atom processors and even AMD mobile APU processors which have built in graphics to give that super small system the boost it needs.
However, why not spend the few hundred more for that super packed, ultra awesome laptop you've had your sites set on for the last few months! Its got a processor that can turbo clock, mobile quad core processing and even large amounts of ram or hdd expandability! There are so many programs that could run so well on this brand new laptop that a little netbook just couldnt handle.
Speaking with a few people to get their opinions on why someone would choose one over the other, I've found theres alot to choosing one or the other. Are you lookig for some portability or do you prefer to be ultra poartable? On that note, how much processing power does one need while on the go? Lastly, how much expandability do need? Let's answer each of these side by side.
Are you looking for some portability or do you prefer to be ultra poartable? Laptops were designed to be small and light so anyone could use it anywhere, but with all this new hardware and technology laptops are becoming bigger and better. The netbook takes from the original concept of a laptop and keeps it in line. Its small 9 - 12 inches is most likely the norm for netbooks. Laptops can range anywhere from 13 - 18 inches in size, some even bigger than that! Smaller is better when you're constantly on the move. Weight factors in as well, just because it iss a 14 inch laptop doesnt mean it is going to be light as a feather. Netbooks are small in form which provide less weight when carrying one around, let's say 2 to 4 lbs. With a big screen comes a big responsability of not dropping that 5 - 9+ lbs laptop! Though, if you dont mind lugging around a 6lbs laptop with all your student books, or business paperwork, this wont be a problem for you.
How much processing power does one need while on the go? Here is where the laptop reigns over the netbook, CPU POWER! Yes we all know laptops are the He-Man, if you will, of the portable PC community. Does that make the netbook the Adam of this mobile community? Of course, well, more like the Atom, Intel's Atom to be specific. Possibly even the iU series if you want to be fancy. Netbooks have come in under the market with smaller and less watt heavy mobile CPU's. These processors were desined to be able to do the day to day computing you need without having an excess of cores or ghz. This makes it a great place marker for that person who is constantly traveling with a large load and still needs to tag a pc along for checking emails.
How much expandability do need? Seriously, how many peripherals does one use? That external hard drive, maybe a thumb drive, why not a spare monitor or even an SD card; all great add-ons, and that only takes up 2 usb ports, a vga port, and an SD card slot. This is perfect, especially for a netbook, which tends to have limited expandability. What use would I need for another one or two usb ports, an esata port, ieee 1394, or even an express card slot? Most higher end laptops come with these features, but rarely are they all used at once.
To round this all up, we now know that netbooks are limited in what they can do based on hardware. Laptops are also hindered by their size and hardware, though they still produce more overall functionality and power than a netbook.
So, your next purchase, will it be power or portability?
IT student @ Asher College LV - Keith